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Stadler Tramlink tram, source: Stadler Rail

Swiss operator orders 50 Stadler trams

Stadler Rail will deliver up to 50 Tramlink light rail vehicles to Bernmobil, the public transport operator in the Swiss capital city of Bern. The initial batch includes 27 vehicles, a spare parts package and special tools for them at a value of over 115 million Euros.

As part of the first bunch, Bernmobil orders 20 bidirectional and seven unidirectional Tramlink vehicles from Stadler Rail. These vehicles will be delivered to Bern between the beginning of 2023 and summer of 2025 to replace the old types of rolling stock which will have reached the end of their lifespan. Among them are 12 Vevey and nine RBS trams. The Tramlink units will also run on the extension of Line 9 to Kleinwabern and will allow Bernmobil to increase the tram frequency on this route. The other trams could be ordered by Bernmobil from 2027 onwards to meet the further extensions of the city tram network.

Fourth operator

Bernmobil will become the fourth Swiss operator (after Ferrovie Luganesi, Aargau Verkehr AG and Baselland Transport) to use the Tramlink vehicles. All the new trams for the Swiss capital will have a length of 42.5 metres and a seating capacity of 52 seats in the bidirectional units and 68 seats in the unidirectional units. The vehicles will provide a high level of comfort for passengers with their modern wooden seats, bright interior, air-conditioning, low-floor access, spacious multifunctional zones for wheelchairs, prams and luggage.

Each unidirectional tram will have seven doors while the bidirectional counterparts will be equipped with six doors on each side. All the doors will have a sliding step to bridge the gap at the stops to ensure accessible boarding and alighting. The new vehicles will feature a brake assist system to avoid collisions. Besides Switzerland, the Tramlink vehicles also run in Germany, Austria and Brazil. Soon, they will be introduced on the city routes in Milan.

Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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